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Im lookin to finnaly get a diesel, and im a college student with a relatively lo budget. so therefore a 7.3idi is not out of the question for me. I found a 93 7.3 IDI Turbo at a central ohio dealership, its an F-250 reg cab 2wd, with 92,000 miles on it and virtualy no rust. the price is right, too. I was wondering, what kinda fuel economy could i expect from this truck? the thing is stock and is a 5 speed. Should i think about gettin this thing or would i be better off finding a 7.3DI powerstroke? Thanks for your input/opinions they will be considered in my decision.

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Why do you need a diesel? Do you haul anything, or just because you want one?

Anyways IDI's vary in fuel mileage. Some are in the single digits, others will get into the 20's. Depends on their condition (maintainance, etc) and how they are driven (55mph vs 70mph). I got 19.7mpg doing 55-60mph max going to and from school, with no overdrive.

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I want a diesel because 1.-I want a fullsize truck that doesnt get 12mpg like my dads gasser silverado did. 2.-My ranger does not have the bed space i need for hauling firewood, we heat our house with wood so it would be nice to be able to haul a lot of wood in fewer trips. I also will be hauling boats, and going on hunting trips so a camper tow isnt out of the question. not to mention, my 4banger dog of a ranger gets AWfull fuel economy, while my friends are doing in the mid to high teens in powerstrokes and cummins'. i also have a strange liking for the smell of diesel fuel too haha

19 in your truck sounds great! I would think that the truck i described being low miles, 2wd, and 5speed would be able to do alright driven reasonably, correct?
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The truck you describe should do better than that. But, there are many many factors that could cause it to get worse.

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thanks fordguy, and yeah i know all about how one stupid thing can kill mileage lol

that truck sold btw dang blast it! but my nextdoor neighbor has a lo miles 93 F-350 4x4 IDI i may look into spent whole life pulling a gooseneck camper twice a year.

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